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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 1/24

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Brad Childress and Matt Nagy Have Interesting Paths to Co-Offensive Coordinators from The Mothership

Childress' title had previously been spread game analyst and special projects, while Nagy was the quarterbacks coach, and both men had been with head coach Andy Reid in Kansas City for the past three seasons.

Reid, who said he's "fired up" about these moves, spoke about some of the changes.

"We'll keep Brad [Childress] in the box and then Matt [Nagy] will go ahead and come down on the field and he'll do the coach-to-quarterback headset," Reid explained. "As far as the duties go, we'll just see how all that plays out. Right now, they're just splitting them up and we're working through that.

"There's plenty there to work with."

2016 NFL Draft: 96 Players Granted Special Eligibility from The Mothership

The National Football League announced today the names of 96 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2016 NFL Draft and 11 players who have fulfilled their degree requirements with college football eligibility remaining and are also eligible for selection in the April 28-30 draft in Chicago.

The following 11 players have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements. Consequently, they are eligible for selection in the 2016 Draft:

QB Alex Smith settles in as Chiefs' MVP of 2015 season from Chiefs Digest

Smith has a fair share of detractors, but the Chiefs simply don't win 10 straight games and make the playoffs without him. He was arguably the one player the Chiefs could not lose down the stretch in a season full of impact injuries.

A model of durability, Smith played in all 16 games, a remarkable feat when looking around the NFL where quarterbacks seemed to drop on a weekly basis.

While the Chiefs' passing game ranked 30th in the league, Smith threw for a career-high 3,486 yards with 20 touchdowns against seven interceptions.

The 11-year-pro also consistently got it done on the ground by establishing a career-high 84 rushing attempts, a mark that also set a single-season franchise record.

Recapping top highs, lows of Chiefs' 2015 season from Chiefs Digest

Despite a remarkable 2015 season, the Chiefs are no exception to having great moments and the not-so-great moments.

Some feats nearly made the cut of high moments, such as punter Dustin Colquitt finishing in the top three in several categories, including downed punts inside the 20. And even how linebacker Derrick Johnson made a successful comeback after rupturing an Achilles tendon last season to be named All-AFC by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Here are five top and low moments of the 2015 campaign:

Podcast: Wrapping up the Chiefs' 2015 season, looking ahead from Chiefs Digest and The Topeka Capital-Journal recently sat down to put a wrap on the 2015 season, touching on a variety of subjects, and offer a preview of the offseason:

• What were the top highs and lows from the 2015 campaign?
• Who was the team's MVP? The Defensive Player of the Year?
• Discussion on team needs heading into the offseason.
• Overview of free agents.

Those subjects and more, discussed here:

Chiefs will market in St. Louis from ProFootballTalk

"We're in conversations right now with the league on how the league's going to look at that, and we'll make our case there," Donovan said.

Coincidentally (or not), Chiefs owner Clark Hunt was the only member of the Committee on L.A. Opportunities to vote against allowing the Chargers and Raiders sharing space in Carson. Which opened the door for letting the Rams leaves St. Louis for Los Angeles.

Commentary: Despite Chiefs' Loss, Sports Is Again A Force In Kansas City from KCUR

I'll be the first to admit that I fully expected the Chiefs to be playing in the AFC Championship Game this Sunday, possibly in Kansas City. Not that they'd stop there. Oh, and how perfect if Super Bowl 50 could be a rematch of Super Bowl I against the Green Bay Packers—only this time, of course, it would go the other way.

It felt good to dream again. But we were dreaming, and Saturday we got pinched.

Pinched, not punched. Hey, the Chiefs lost on the road, to a better team — it's a shame, but not shameful. A real bummer, but not a heartbreaker. KC fans know the difference.

And now that we're wide awake, it's as good a time as any to catch a breath and take stock of what this past year-and-a-half has meant.

New coach Doug Pederson says these won't be Andy Reid's old Eagles from Buck Local Sports

Pederson took responsibility for the clock management issues almost everyone blamed on Reid late in the Chiefs' divisional playoff loss to the New England Patriots this past weekend.

The Chiefs took 5-minutes, 16-seconds to go 80 yards for the touchdown pulling them with 27-20, leaving just 1:13 of clock.

Pederson said he'd been calling the plays in second halves for the Chiefs.

"It took us time because No. 1, we did not want to give Tom Brady the ball back," Pederson said. "We knew we were going to score. We knew we had timeouts and time. We were also limited with the number of receivers. Jeremy Maclin was out of the game. We were down numbers. We felt like, at that point, not to give the ball back to Tom Brady. We still had timeouts and time, even with the on-side kick, to put ourselves in a position to tie the football game."

Brazilian Football is Gaining Yardage in USA from American Football International Review

Michelle: Do you think that the growing popularity and visibility of Brazilian football will open opportunities for Brazilian players to be picked up by the CFL, AFL, or even the NFL?

Felipe: Ultimately, the goal of every player playing the sport is to make it to the big leagues. Currently, Brazil has one player in the NFL, Cairo Santos, who is the kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, and I am sure many others would like to follow his footsteps. I believe that over time, teams in Brazil will start to develop stronger players, and especially if the American leagues help develop players and teams in Brazil, I do believe that it will open up opportunities for Brazilians to play abroad. Recently, there have been Brazilian players who have left the country to play for teams in Europe, which shows that it is only a matter of time before they leave for the CFL, AFL and hopefully NFL!

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